The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Whiplash is a common neck injury that can take months to repair and is prone to setbacks along the journey to recovery. For fitness enthusiasts, being patient enough to stop, or greatly reduce their fitness programs while waiting for their injury to fully repair, is the biggest problem. Even walking can bother a whiplash injury. When you think that the average head weighs 10 to 11 pounds, holding it upright on top of a neck is work, and especially if you don’t have the best posture.
Neck injuries usually trigger other muscle pains in the back, especially lower back pain. The pain and discomfort will affect a person’s sleep, so over-all energy to get through a day is difficult. Need we say more. If you have read this far you probably are suffering from whiplash pain right now.
The Pilates Reformer is an amazing fitness machine. The Reformer allows a person to lay down with their back, neck, and head supported. The Reformers we use have the added advantage of having rebounders, so you can still get a good cardio workout, without jarring the neck and back. The best way to experience this machine is to try it. (Take a look at our promotion.)
Seniors also love working on this machine. Muscle and tendon strengthening can happen gradually, depending on the amount of tension the Pilates instructor sets on each machine.
The good news is that you don’t need to loose strength, muscle tone and stamina while you are recovering from whiplash and other back pain. You have options.
Julie Akin head instructor at Synergy – Staying fit Pilates in Surrey BC.